Do I buy or do I wait?
Hello from Canada! My wife, two kids and our dog have been living on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet for the last two years after moving from the land locked province of Alberta.
We are eager to get on the water and start exploring!
After much research I have decided on a RIB. My current budget is about $8,000.00 and I have been presented with options in the last week.
2000 Nautica International RIB 12' Deluxe Honda 40hp $5800
2001 Zodiac Yachtline 14' (I believe it's the 420) with Honda 50 hp $7900
Wait, save and go with a used 14 foot AB, Nautilus or Polaris boat if I can find one?
What we want to do is go camping on the island around our home, fishing and crabbing on a very regular basis. We also plan to take the boat to various lakes etc.,
I like the size of the Zodiac but I believe the tubes are PVC which concern me being almost 12 years old. The smaller Nautica seems small.
The other though that I am concerned about is beaching the boat. I know it's better to drop an anchor but the Pacific is pretty darn cold! Hahah, so I might need something perhaps an aluminum hull that could hold up to that sort of usage?
Lastly I have also considered the soft bottom ribs, but their lack of seaworthiness concerns me a little.
What are you thoughts?